Picks and Pans Review: Also Playing

updated 05/15/2006 at 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 05/15/2006 01:00AM

The Proposition

It's savage and bloody, but this Australian western makes for compelling viewing. After being captured by a lawman (Ray Winstone), a murderous outlaw (Guy Pearce) is sent out on a deadly mission. The movie raises questions about family loyalty, the need for revenge and what constitutes civilized behavior. Emily Watson and Danny Huston costar. Rocker Nick Cave wrote the screenplay and music. (R)

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Art School Confidential
A killer is on the loose at an art college. Early on, when mocking the pretensions of these baby Picassos and their profs, the film is fun, but its whodunit latter half goes flat. Max Minghella, Matt Keeslar and John Malkovich star. (R)

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United 93
It's tough to sit through—distressing memories come rushing back—but this documentary-like film about passengers on a 9/11 flight is tremendously moving. (R)

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